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  • January 8, 2012
  • • 11:00
  • • Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero), Madrid
  • Referee: José Luis González González
  • • Attendance: 10000
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La Liga Preview: Rayo Vallecano v Sevilla

La Liga Preview: Rayo Vallecano v Sevilla

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Marcelino's side have lost their last three matches denting their hopes of a top four finish, while the capital club face a relegation battle in the second half of the season


PROBABLE LINE-UPS


RAYO VALLECANO

Cobeno
Tito, Arribas, Figueras, Casado
Movilla, Fuego
Piti, Michu, Bangoura
Tamudo


SEVILLA

Varas
Coke, Spahic, Fazio, Navarro
Trochowski, Medel
Navas, Rakitic, Armenteros
Negredo

Rayo Vallecano play in their first match since the turn of the year after succumbing to Racing Santander in the Copa del Rey in their final match of 2011. The capital club can now focus their attention on their Liga status which currently has them resting precariously outside the relegation zone in 16th place.

The promoted side have a trio of injury worries ahead of Sevilla's visit to the Vallecas, with Pedro Botelho, Raul Bravo and Dani Pacheco all nursing knocks.

Sevilla's Liga formhas seen them lose their last two matches against Real Madrid and Levante, who are vying for a top four finish along with Marcelino's side.

Top scorer Manu del Moral is absent due to suspension, with Emiliano Armenteros likely to replace the Spaniard. Further attacking issues arise because of injury, with Diego Perotti certain to miss the trip to the capital, whilst Frederic Kanoute is doubtful.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Rayo have the worst home record of any team in La Liga; the capital outfit have amassed a paltry seven points in the same number of matches. 
  • Jose Ramon Sandoval's side have lost their last four matches in the league.
  • If Rayo are in contention heading into the final five minutes of the game they may have a chance as each of their last three goals have come in the 85th minute or later.
  • Sevilla have a poor record at the Vallecas in La Liga, losing seven times in their last 11 visits.
  • On their travels Sevilla have been strong in defence, conceding only three goals, but their attack has failed to capitalise, netting on just three occasions. 
  • Jesus Navas scoring has acted as a curse for the Andalusians - the last three matches that the winger has been on the scoresheet, Sevilla have failed to win the game.

Players to watch

Movilla

Position: Midfielder

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The midfielder will have to be at his very best if he is to stop an attacking quartet of Negredo, Navas, Rakitic and Trochowski but what will be more important to his team's chances is his distribution when launching quick counter-attacks.

I. Rakitić

Position: Midfielder

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Sevilla without Manu are liable to suffer, with Alvaro Negredo becoming isolated upfield, and Rakitic will have a major role to play further up the pitch. He has the ability to fill the void left by Los Rojiblancos' top scorer.

Editor's Prediction

Expect a difficult match for Sevilla against a Rayo side that must get a result. The hosts do have the ability to cause a shock, however, Los Rojiblancos are looking to end a run of three straight defeats in all competitions so these two could cancel each other out,

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